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July 12, 2011

Professor Svitlana Kravchenko honored with Senior Scholarship Prize

Professor receives international award

Svitlana Kravchenko, Oregon Law professor and director of the school’s LL.M. (master of laws) program in environmental law, was honored last week with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Academy of Environmental Law Senior Scholarship Prize. Professor Svitlana Kravchenko

The award was announced at the academy’s Ninth Annual International Colloquium, held in Eastern Cape, South Africa, July 4-7. In accepting the award, Kravchenko sent a message noting, “We face a world of onrushing disaster, fueled by carbon and greed. We also face a world that still contains great beauty and that is populated by humans capable of great acts of generosity.” She urged other scholars to move society “toward beauty and generosity.”

The prize recognizes excellence in research, articles, and books produced during the past five years, as well as contributions to the academy’s goals. The criteria included the originality, intellectual influence, and international significance of Kravchenko’s publications in environmental law.

“I am deeply honored by your selection of me as the IUCN Academy Senior Scholar,” Kravchenko told the academy members. “This academic career is the most fun thing you can do with your life. Most of us cannot imagine a full life without writing and teaching. We want to shape the future through our scholarship and through our discussions with others, both young and old. We become more alive through our contact with the young, through our mentoring, and through our debates of ideas with each other. We become proud seeing our students’ own growth and achievements, during and after their time with us.”

Kravchenko is the author of 12 books and numerous scholarly articles and book chapters. She taught environmental law for more than 25 years at Lviv National University, Ukraine, before moving to the United States and joining the Oregon Law faculty. She worked as a “citizen diplomat” in the international negotiation of the Aarhus Public Participation Convention, and she serves as an elected member and vice chair of its Compliance Committee. Previously she was an advisor for the Ministry of Environment and the Parliament of Ukraine. She is the founder and serves as president of Environment-People-Law, the first public interest environmental law firm in Ukraine. She is also co-founder and co-director of the Association of Environmental Law of Central and Eastern Europe.

The Academy of Environmental Law is an association of 148 member universities, headquartered in Ottawa, Canada.

Founded in 1948, the IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network. Located in Gland, Switzerland, it seeks to bring governments, international organizations, non-government organizations, local communities and private enterprises together to engage in research and field projects that will develop solutions to the most pressing environmental challenges.

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